More Social Engineering: California Passes Law Restricting High School Tackling Practice

California Democrats support the legalization of marijuana. Kids playing football? Not so much:

California schools will be forced to limit the number of hours and days their football programs’ young athletes can practice tackling and other game-speed hitting plays under a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown that responds to concerns over brain injuries that affect thousands of students.

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1 and applies to all middle and high schools, including private schools, is being welcomed by some coaches but criticized by others, who caution that it could result in more injuries as lesser-prepared athletes take the field.

The law limits full-contact practices to two 90-minute sessions per week during the season and preseason, and prohibits full-contact practices during the offseason. Currently, coaches can hold full-contact practices daily. The law also forces schools to bench players for at least a week if they suffer a concussion. Current rules allow players to return within a day.

Democrats passing more draconian laws, what could possibly go wrong?

Some coaches said the law, while well-intentioned, could lead to even worse injuries among young athletes because the players won’t have adequate training in safe tackling.

“Unless you practice, you’re not going to know how to protect your head and neck, how to fall properly, or how to tackle someone else safely,” said Chad Nightingale, who has been the head football coach at Salesian High School in Richmond for 19 years. “That’s the irony of this.”

Instruction and practice on dummies is useful, but it’s no replacement for body-on-body contact, he said. A better way to reduce head injuries is to improve helmets and pads, and make sure players wear them properly.

Lib’s won’t rest until we are all playing soccer, because we all know no one ever suffered a concussion playing soccer, right?

Another day, another successful American technology company flees Obama’s America

I am disappointed in Metronic. They are moving their hq. to avoid paying Minnesota taxes. This is what it means to you and me–we have to pay their share. I don’t care how many jobs will be created and how they and our good Gov. Dayton try to whitewash it. It is still avoiding taxes that are owed to this state. Shame on them.

zeldac (from comments @ StarTribune)

Another day, another example of a successful American technology company fleeing the punitive corporate taxes here in Obama’s America. This time it’s Medtronic, the worlds largest medical device manufacturer currently based in Minnesota, that is packing up and moving their headquarters to the emerald shores of Ireland.

Via the very left-wing Minnesota Star Tribune:

The word “ironic” may be used too much, but how else do you describe Medtronic moving its headquarters to Ireland so that it will have more capital to invest in the U.S.?

Buying Covidien PLC for $42.9 billion turned out to be Medtronic’s solution to one of its most vexing problems: How does the global medical device maker use its “trapped cash,” the more than $20 billion in earnings from its non-U.S. subsidiaries, without ­paying a higher U.S. tax rate?

It’s actually trapped by choice, of course, as leaving capital offshore is one of the ways that big companies manage to pay far less in income taxes than the statutory federal rate. Companies would argue that the U.S. tax bite leaves them no real choice.

Another important fact is not only is Medtronc on the hook for an effective 40% corporate tax rate here in the US, as a medical device manufacturer, they are also on the hook for Obama’s 2.3% medical device tax as well.

Again, from the very left wing Star Tribune:

The federal medical device tax that is an ongoing target for the nation’s medical technology sector, including hundreds of businesses in Minnesota, has apparently survived another attack.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently refused to allow an amendment that would have suspended collection of the tax for two years to be attached to a bill that extends current tax measures that are set to expire.

The move likely puts off any action that can actually stop collection of the 2.3 percent levy on device sales for months, if not years.

The tax, projected to yield billions of dollars to finance national health care reform over the next decade, has been in the cross hairs of industry lobbyists since its inception. They say it costs jobs and innovation.

Supporters say it is a fair contribution by the device industry to health care reform that could increase business for companies involved in medical technology.

I guess Obama and his henchmen won’t be collecting a medical device tax from the worlds largest medical device manufacturer either. However, in reality, Medtroic’s customers will be the ones receiving the tax break, since businesses ultimately don’t pay taxes. they pass the taxes on to their customers.

The United States needs to seriously need to look at our tax and regulatory structures. If this situation continues, more corporations are going to make the same calculation Medtroic made (US corporate taxes of 40% + 2.3% medical device tax vs. Ireland’s 12.5% corporate tax and no medical device tax) and relocate to a more business friendly climate.

If access to water is a “human right” then why should anyone have to pay a water bill?

The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.

Lyn Nofziger

Recently, water bills have become a hot topic here in the Detroit area. Due to the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, the Detroit Water and Sewage Department has stepped water shutoff’s to delinquent ‘customers.

How many people and businesses don’t bother paying their water bill in the city of Detroit? Around 50%.

In March, it was reported that some 165,000 of the water department’s 323,900 business, school, and commercial accounts were overdue, and more than 154,000 of 296,000 residential accounts were delinquent. The department took the position that water bills that were more than 60 days behind, would be shut off. In April, DWSD sent 44,273 shut-off notices, and 3,025 customers were actually shut off for non-payment.

Another way to look at this is Detroit Water and Sewage customers that bother paying their bill are subsidising a whole lot of freeloaders. And, it’s not just DWSD’s paying customers within the city limits who are footing the bill for those not paying.

Oakland County is on the verge of telling Detroit to take its ball and go home.

That ball is the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

Today, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ finance committee voted unanimously to create a $3 million fund to study developing an independent water and sewer entity. Currently, DWSD serves 85.6 percent of Oakland County residents and 4 million customers in Southeast Michigan.

Remember how dear leader said it’s good to spread the wealth around? This is exactly what he meant.

Predictably, when it became known DWSD began shutting off water due to non-payment, lefties everywhere pounced making the water shut-offs cause célèbre in many circles.

Nine people were arrested Friday as more than 1,000 people from across the nation rallied in Detroit against the city’s ramped-up effort to collect from delinquent water customers by shutting off service to thousands of residents each month.

Some called the city’s policy a human rights issue; others cited it as a major public health concern.

Following the protesters ‘logic’ that access to free water is a human rights issue, why should anyone pay a water bill?

Our human rights protesters are illustrating Milton Friedman’s classic “Free Lunch Myth” perfectly.

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If someone is truly in need, that’s one thing however, when people blatantly abuse the system, that is an entirely different story.

Obama is that guy at work who complains no one else is working yet never gets anything done himself

Obama is like the guy at your job who constantly complains no one else is working, yet he never gets anything done himself:

“Sometimes I feel like saying to these guys, ‘I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy,’” he said.

This coming from the guy who felt that his working in the private sector was  “Like a spy behind enemy lines, I arrived every day at my mid-Manhattan office. …”

Writing to a former girlfriend, Maraniss says, Obama also “expressed a distaste for the corporate world.” And in his engaging but unreliable memoir “Dreams from My Father,” Obama described his time at Business International this way: “Like a spy behind enemy lines, I arrived every day at my mid-Manhattan office. …” Obama wrote that he took the job only after his applications to several civil rights organizations were ignored.

Obama subsequently quit Business International, became a community organizer, attended law school, briefly practiced public interest law, taught a college class and got into politics. He had several jobs, but never again in business.

Yet as Obama told it in “Dreams from My Father,” he sometimes felt tempted to sell out during his time at Business International. After getting a promotion, Obama wrote, “I had my own office, my own secretary, money in the bank. Sometimes, coming out of an interview with Japanese financiers or German bond traders, I would catch my reflection in the elevator doors — see myself in a suit and tie, a briefcase in hand — and for a split second I would imagine myself as a captain of industry, barking out orders, closing the deal, before I remembered who it was that I had told myself I wanted to be and felt pangs of guilt for my lack of resolve.”

Maraniss discovered most of that wasn’t true; while Obama did have a tiny office, he didn’t have his own secretary, didn’t meet with financiers and bond traders, didn’t even wear a suit to work. But the one true thing in that passage is Obama’s antipathy for the business world.

What Dear Leader really likes is golf:

Obama plays golf

Lots and lots of golf…

Fighting the Zeta Cartel: Armed Mexican Citizens Doing the Job Their Government Can’t or Won’t Do

To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops. Those who are best acquainted with the last successful resistance of this country against the British arms, will be most inclined to deny the possibility of it.

James Madison, Federalist #46 

Another example of armed citizens stepping in when government can’t or won’t do the job they’re tasked to do:

But almost three years after his brutal abduction, Guerrero, who is now the mayor, says his town has become safer, the kidnappers scared to enter.

This change is not due to the police, he says, but to a clandestine vigilante group known as the Pedro Mendez Column, named after a local general who fought the French in the 19th century.

The column hands out leaflets declaring it operates night patrols to defend the community from the feared Zetas cartel, which is behind most of the kidnapping. The vigilantes have also claimed responsibility for several murders of alleged Zeta members, including two men shot dead in January.

“The column only kills kidnappers and drug traffickers. They don’t allow extortion or threaten honest people,” Guerrero told GlobalPost, speaking in his town hall, which is decorated with paintings of Mexico’s independence and revolutionary heroes. “It is much safer with them.”

Another interesting point is how Mexico’s ‘strict’ firearm ban is being circumvented, first by the cartels and kidnappers and then by average Mexicans desperate to protect themselves.

This is the latest expression of a vigilante movement in Mexico that’s expanding from the southern mountains to areas near the United States border like Hidalgo, in Tamaulipas state.

The vigilantes are rising after the Mexican government failed to stop the country from becoming a world kidnap capital, with more than 1,600 reported abductions in 2013, the worst year on record. There have been more than 70,000 cartel-related killings since 2006.

But human rights groups warn that vigilantes may only add to Mexico’s cycle of violence — a severe problem in border states like Tamaulipas, which suffers shoot-outs that have caused temporary shutdowns of crossings into Texas.

Bordering the Rio Grande valley and the cities of Brownsville and Laredo, Tamaulipas lies along a major US-Mexico trade route, with tens of thousands of trucks of goods crossing daily, as well as many undocumented migrants and drug loads.

Only a ‘human rights group’ can look at the violence being perpetrated by the drug cartels against average Mexican citizens and utter the words ‘cycle of violence.’

Income Inequality: Leftist push for higher salary’s when the better solution is tax cuts 

Low information voters (and their enablers) continually grouse about income inequality. For example, this article from Detroit’s more liberal paper tries to make the case that occupations such as nurses and ‘government employees’ should receive higher wages.

The remainder of occupations fall somewhere in between the lowest and highest earners. While the rest of these jobs are paid higher than minimum wage, many occupations deserve higher pay when you compare each worker’s salary to the pay received by the boss. Certain occupations, however, stand out as especially deserving of a higher paycheck. These are occupations that involve a high level of education, training, skills, or tenacity. The abilities and responsibilities of these workers are not at all reflected in their paychecks.

Low information voters will casually glance at this article and nod in agreement. The problem is both the low information voter, and the article’s author, miss the point.

The point is an individual’s compensation in a given occupation is based on the amount of revenue he or she generates for their employer (or themselves, if self employed). It doesn’t matter how much education, training, skills, or tenacity a person has. The amount of money you generate for your employer determines your wages, just as if you are self employed. It’s the free market at work.

For example you could attain a Master’s Degree in Puppetry, spend years training at the art, be a skilled puppeteer and work extremely hard at the craft. However, at the end of the day, your compensation as a freelancer (or working for whoever hires a puppeteer) will be based solely how much money people are willing to pay to watch your performance and nothing more.

Another argument populist politicians and their liberal activist supporters use to justify wage increases is that “income inequality” is rampant today and higher taxes are required on high wage earners so it can be redistributed it to lower earners. Just as a Socialist Democrat / Liberal makes a terrible economists, they also are terrible historians. Take a look at this list of the 30 wealthiest Americans of all time (adjusted for inflation).

#30: James C. Flood – Net Worth $34 Billion
#29: Peter AB Widener – Net Worth $35 Billion
#28: Collis Potter Huntington – Net Worth $36 Billion
#27: George Pullman – Net Worth $37 Billion
#26: Henry C. Frick – Net Worth $39.3 Billion
#25: Oliver H Payne – Net Worth $40.4 Billion
#24: JP Morgan – Net Worth $41.5 Billion
#23: Henry Huttleston Rogers – Net Worth $42.6 Billion
#22: Edward Henry Harriman – Net Worth $42.7 Billion
#21: John I Blair – Net Worth $47 Billion
#20: Russell Sage – Net Worth $47 Billion
#19: Moses Taylor – Net Worth $48.1 Billion
#18: William Weightman – Net Worth $48.1 Billion
#17: James G. Fair – Net Worth $49.2 Billion
#16: Andrew W. Mellon – Net Worth $50.5 Billion
#15: Richard B. Mellon – Net Worth $50.5 Billion
#14: Henry Ford – Net Worth $54 Billion
#13: Warren Buffett – Net Worth $64 Billion
#12: Sam Walton – Net Worth $65 Billion
#11: Marshall Field – Net Worth $66 Billion
#10: Stephen Van Rensselaer – Net Worth $68 Billion
#9: Jay Gould – Net Worth $71 Billion
#8: Friedrich Weyerhauser – Net Worth $80 Billion
#7: A.T. Stewart – Net Wort $90 Billion
#6: Stephen Girard – Net Worth $105 Billion
#5: John Jacob Astor – Net Worth $121 Billion
#4: Bill Gates – Net Worth $136 Billion
#3: Cornelius Vanderbilt – Net Worth $185 Billion
#2: Andrew Carnegie – Net Worth $310 Billion
#1: John D. Rockefeller – Net Worth $340 Billion

Note that combining the fortunes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the duo only finish a distant third on the list.

Rockefeller was worth a staggering 1.53% of the total United States economy while Bill Gates, at the peak of the dot-com bubble, was worth 0.58% of the U.S. GNP. Looking at this list (with only two of the all-time wealthiest individuals alive today) it’s hard to believe that income inequality is worse today than it was at the turn of the last century.

Circling back to today, ignoring the left’s incessant drumbeat of “income inequality” and focusing on reality, due to economic growth today’s average Americans live like millionaires of the 1950′s.

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Of course, all the drivel about “income inequality” is simply a ruse by leftist to vote into office even more hard-core leftists politicians into office and redistribute more income. If liberal activists were serious about workers earning more money, they would push getting the government off everyone’s back by cutting taxes (50% of workers income is consumed by taxation) effectively giving everyone a healthy net raise.

You know that won’t happen.

Elected officials have power to affect your life, a corporate CEO has none

Nolan Finley, one of the more conservative columnists at Detroit’s more conservative paper published an interesting column lamenting the dearth of quality candidates that voters have to choose from in the upcoming 2014 primary election:

I’m in the middle of the candidate endorsement process, sorting through questionnaires and interviewing candidates to help voters make the best choices in the Aug. 5 primary.

I’ve also moderated a couple of congressional debates recently.

Here are two phrases that do NOT come to mind as I evaluate the options voters face: “best and brightest” and “cream of the crop.”

With a few exceptions, the mediocrity of the candidate field is stunning.

While I agree that we get pretty poor choices of who will represent us in Lansing and Washington, I have to wonder where Nolan has been the last 20+ years? With very few exceptions, we rarely get the “cream of the crop” when it comes to potential representatives.

With that being said, I guess Nolan is particularly disappointed with this years crop.

Perhaps 1 in 10 of the candidates who returned questionnaires rise to the level where we’re entirely confident of their competence. And that talented tenth may not even get elected.

Many of the hopefuls show an appalling lack of understanding about both the scope and limits of the Constitution. They offer solutions that would trample the Bill of Rights. Many of the candidates can’t spell. Some can barely write.

At a congressional debate, one candidate said he wanted to go to Washington to “teach the Republicans a lesson” — and then later boasted about his ability to forge bipartisan alliances.

Can’t write? Hey, that’s what staffers are for…

One point of disagreement that with Mr. Finely’s column is in this important paragraph.

And yet winners of the elections will move into positions that ultimately come with as much power as a corporate CEO. Few could ever climb their way into a private sector C-suite, but they’ll be playing the tune the corporate execs will have to dance to.

The frightening thing is people elected to office have significant power to affect your life while a corporate CEO has none. A CEO can’t raise your taxes and throw you in jail if you don’t pay up. A CEO can’t deny your building permit or seize your property through an eminent domain proceeding. A CEO can’t arrest you or tell you your mother would be better off taking a pill rather than giving her a pace maker.

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CEO’s have no influence over your life while politicians do. This is why politicians will crawl over broken glass to get elected.